Dorothy Taylor

Dorothy TaylorDorothy Loring Taylor, 84, of Beardstown died at 8:24 p.m. Oct. 12, 2007, at the Heritage Manor South Nursing Home in Beardstown.

She was born Aug. 30, 1923, in Rushville, a daughter of James Lloyd and Bernice Catherine Lawler Loring. She married F. John Taylor on Nov. 28, 1953, near Rushville. He survives.

Also surviving are one niece, Shelia Atkinson Schmidt of Shelton, Wash.; one nephew, Loring Atkinson of Eden, Utah; and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Atkinson Clark.

She graduated from Rushville High School in 1940 and Western Illinois State Teachers College in 1945 with a degree in home economics. She taught in Dallas City and Rushville schools.

She was an exhibitor at American Saddlebred horse shows at local county fairs and most of Midwestern state fairs, including the Illinois State Fair. She showed in both fine harness and gated classes. She wrote children’s books “Abigail’s New Home, Olive Beaupre Miller and the Book House for Children.

She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school classes for many years.

She also was a member of St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, Mayflower Society, Beardstown Woman’s Club, Chandlerville Woman’s Club, National Audobon Society, Jacksonville YMCA, Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society, Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Society and Pi Kappa Sigma sorority.

Private family services were held Tuesday at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia with Rev. Dixie Croxton and Mr. David Haney officiating. Worthington Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to her church.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/17/2007